Forry's Mill Bridge
With its red sides and white front, Forry's Mill Bridge is a good example of a typical Lancaster County burr truss, covered bridge. Elias McMellen built it in 1869. He had a hand in the
construction of 13 of the 30 existing covered bridges in the county. It is 103 feet in
length, 15 feet wide and spans Chickie's Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. It is located on Bridge Valley Road, a a few miles south of Mount Joy, in western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and although it's 128 years old, it's still used. This bridge is not in the tourist's Lancaster Country--neither the buggies of the Old Order Amish nor the hex signs of the Fancy Dutch are much in evidence. Some of the local foks dress more for modesty than for show (that is, they are "plain,) but use modern technology if it suits their needs. Most of the countryside is farmed, but the lancaster city suburbs are slowly extending their tendrils into the valley of Chickie's Creek.
This pair of images was taken in May, 1997, with a single Minolta Freedom-Tele 35mm camera using Kodak Gold ASA 200 print film. This view is looking at the bridge, facing the northwest.